The importance of oral cancer screenings

istock 1144794930 As a part of our extensive dental examinations provided at Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown, we also provide oral cancer screenings. Oral cancer is a type of cancer that can be easily detected, making it easy to spot in the early stages to effectively treat, reducing the chance of oral cancer being life threatening. By having routine oral cancer screenings performed at each dental visit, patients can significantly reduce their risk of late-stage cancers.

What are some possible signs of oral cancer?

Oral cancer is often associated with the following abnormalities:

  • Persistent sore throats
  • Unexplained oral bleeding
  • Long-lasting sore or growth on the face, neck, or mouth
  • Unexplained numbness or pain in the face, neck, or mouth
  • Ear pain
  • Bumps, lumps, or spots on the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Speckled, red, or white patches in or on the mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing, speaking, or chewing
  • Changes in the fit and function of natural teeth or dentures

Why oral cancer should be taken seriously

Drs. Mark Duncan and Mandy Holley take oral cancer screenings seriously, as early detection and intervention can keep the condition from becoming life-threatening in many individuals. We look for signs of oral cancer, and perform biopsies when appropriate to look for cancerous cells in unexplained growths or spots in or around the mouth. With a proper diagnosis, patients can then work with their dentist and an oncologist to discuss the most effective treatment, whether it be excision, radiation, or chemotherapy. Each situation is unique, and our team will ensure patients have the information they need to make an educated decision regarding the best line of defense.

Obtain oral cancer screenings with our team of professionals

Georgetown, TX patients who are interested in not only comprehensive dental care solutions at a convenient location, but routine oral cancer screenings, are invited to book an appointment with Drs. Mark Duncan and Mandy Holley of Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown. Call (512) 819-9100 to request an appointment with our team at 3622 Williams Drive, Building 2. We are readily available to assist new and existing patients in our practice and offer the most extensive dental services in the community.

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